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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A passenger on his way to Barbados was stopped Sunday by TSA officers at Miami International Airport for attempting to sneak a snake on a plane.

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TSA agents say the passenger tried to “artfully conceal the snake inside the electronics of a hard drive, which was placed in a checked bag.”

The ‘organic mass’ was detected by baggage screening and then a TSA bomb expert was called to investigate the inside of the electronic component where the baby Python was found.

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The snake was impounded by the United States Fish and Wildlife and TSA said the passenger would be fined.

TSA said the “Interception prevented a possible wildlife threat on an aircraft.”

“Animals of many species have been known to escape and chew through wires with fatal results,” they added.

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The passenger did not embark on his flight to the Caribbean island and neither did the snake.